SMRT Bus Service 963

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SMRT Bus Service 963 is a trunk route linking Woodlands Interchange and HarbourFront Interchange, passing through Marsiling, BKE, Bukit Panjang, Upper Bukit Timah, Hillview, Bukit Batok, Toh Tuck, AYE, Alexandra and Telok Blangah. It has two route variants, Express 963E and Express 963R.

^ SMRT Dennis Enviro500 (SMB5061B) – Service 963

Route Information
Route Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange  HarbourFront Bus Interchange
Passes Through Marsiling, BKE, Bukit Panjang, Upper Bukit Timah, Hillview, Bukit Batok, Toh Tuck, AYE, Alexandra, Telok Blangah.
Route Length 29.6km (D1) | 29.3km (D2)
Travelling Time 85mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SMRT Buses
Current Depot Woodlands Bus Depot (WLDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Bus:
– Alexander Dennis Enviro500
– MAN A95
12-metre Single Deck Bus:

– 
MAN NL323F
– 
Mercedes-Benz O405
Departure Times from T1 0550 – 2330 (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0600 – 2330 (Sundays/PHs)
Departure Times from T2 0550 – 2330 (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0600 – 2330 (Sundays/PHs)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 05 – 16 mins
0831-1659: 07 – 15 mins
1700-1930: 07 – 16 mins
After 1930: 12 – 17 mins
0630-0830: 08 – 15 mins
0831-1659: 08 – 15 mins
1700-1930: 07 – 10 mins
After 1930: 08 – 16 mins

Route History

Service 963 is an inter-town route serving between the residential towns of Woodlands, Bukit Panjang, Hillview, Bukit Batok and Telok Blangah. Its direct nature makes it a fast connection between various points on its route. The route compliments Service 97 between AYE – HarbourFront, and Services 187 and 966 between Bukit Panjang – Woodlands. Demand for the service is moderate during offpeak hours, but receives high demand during the peak hours, and operates a proportionately large split-shift fleet along with high-capacity articulated buses to cope with demand.

Originally introduced Express 521 in September 1999 with brand-new Hino HS3KRKK ‘smiley’ buses, its launch coincided with the extension of the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) scheme to outer ring roads, in an effort to encourage more commuters to opt for public transport. It charged discounted fares (normal air-con bus fares) during off-peak periods, and express fares during peak periods. Later in 2002, it was extended to Woodlands and downgraded to a regular trunk route, and renumbered as Service 963.

Special Departures:

  • Bukit Panjang Rd (Blk 223)  HarbourFront Int
    Daily: 0545hrs – 0600hrs
  • Bukit Batok East Ave 3 (Opp Parkview Apts)  Woodlands Int
    Daily: 0600hrs – 0625hrs

Route Variants:

  • SMRT Express Service 963E
    Woodlands Regional Int ⇌ HarbourFront Int
  • SMRT Express Service 963R
    Woodlands Regional Int ↔ Resorts World Sentosa

Fare: Charges fares for regular trunk services. See Bus Fares for exact fares.

Fleet: Service 963′s fleet comprises Alexander Dennis Enviro500 and MAN NL323F buses.

Route Information:

Direction 1 Direction 2
  • Woodlands Reg Int
  • Woodlands Ave 3
  • Bukit Timah Expressway
  • Bt Panjang Rd
  • Pending Rd
  • Petir Rd
  • Jelebu Rd
  • Bt Panjang Rd
  • Upp Bt Timah Rd
  • Hillview Rd
  • Hillview Ave
  • Bt Batok East Ave 4
  • Bt Batok East Ave 3
  • Toh Tuck Ave
  • Commonwealth Ave West
  • Clementi Ave 6
  • Ayer Rajah Expressway
  • Buona Vista Flyover
  • Ayer Rajah Expressway
  • Alexandra Rd
  • Telok Blangah Rd
  • HarbourFront Int
  • HarbourFront Int
  • Telok Blangah Rd
  • Alexandra Rd
  • Ayer Rajah Expressway
  • Buona Vista Flyover
  • Ayer Rajah Expressway
  • Clementi Ave 6
  • Commonwealth Ave West
  • Toh Tuck Ave
  • Bt Batok East Ave 3
  • Bt Batok East Ave 4
  • Hillview Ave
  • Hillview Rd
  • Upp Bt Timah Rd
  • Bt Panjang Rd
  • Jelebu Rd
  • Petir Rd
  • Pending Rd
  • Bt Panjang Rd
  • Bukit Timah Expressway
  • Woodlands Ave 3
  • Woodlands Reg Int

Operator History:

  • 1999 – 2004: Trans-Island Bus Services Ltd
  • 2004 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2016.

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History:

  • 1999 (01 Sep): Introduced as Express 521 between Bukit Panjang and World Trade Center (now HarbourFront).
  • 2002 (29 Sep): Downgraded to trunk service and renumbered Service 963. Route extended to Woodlands, hence plying Woodlands Int – World Trade Center Ter (now knows as HarbourFront Int)
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2014 (15 Sep): Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses deployed
  • 2015 (14 Jun): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2015 (27 Dec): Calls at Hillview Station along Upp Bt Timah Rd

Past Routings:

  • Refer to this article
  • 2002: No significant route changes since 2002.

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External Links:

  • TransitLink E-Guide
  • SGWiki – Buses

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5 thoughts on “SMRT Bus Service 963

  1. under the alexander dennis e500 pic,it is on svc963,not svc 188,so it should be SMRT Dennis Enviro500 (SMB3526R) – Service 963,not SMRT Dennis Enviro500 (SMB3526R) – Service 188

  2. But there is a height restrictions when we are passing by along the 4.3m bridge of former KTM passing by which is at Hillview.

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